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The age of the Reaper

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Pepe Escobar
Asia Times
Sept 22, 2011

The Reaper was not formally invited to the United Nations General Assembly annual bash in New York.

In ancient times, he used to be known as the Grim Reaper. Grim the wily fellow still is – always under many guises. Reinventing the concept of death from above, he may call himself MQ-9 Reaper and strut his stuff equipped with Hellfire missiles.

Or he may wear a business suit and incorporate the persona of the president of the United States.

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Barack Obama, from his UN podium, told the world, “Let there be no doubt: the tide of war is receding.”

Neo-Orwellian spin doctors could hardly top him on this one. Referring to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s operation of bombing Libya into democracy, Obama stressed, “This is how the international community is supposed to work.”

Virtually on cue, that usual suspect, a “NATO official”, leaked that the alliance had just extended its mission to bomb Libya for another 90 days before the green card expired next Tuesday. Of course, the smart NATO bombs only recognize bad guys, and don’t commit collateral damage.

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As for the “international community” – which now comprises only NATO members and Persian Gulf monarchies, to the exclusion of everybody else – it will still “have to respond to the calls for change” in the Middle East, according to Obama. Signaled targets, not surprisingly, were Syria and Iran.

And then, also on cue, the usual “US officials” leaked that the Obama administration was assembling what the Washington Post described as “a constellation of secret drone bases for counter-terrorism operations in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula”. Signaled targets, already engaged, are Somalia and Yemen.

As for the excuse, no surprises; it’s that same old al-Qaeda bogeyman. Once again, industrial-military complex “defense contractors” started uncorking their Moet.

This article was posted: Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 2:30 am





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